On Saturday, December 15 young Maui golfers will compete in the first ever U.S. Kids Maui Championship at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville with a non-shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. The competitors range in age from 5-14 years, boys and girls who have qualified for the season finale by competing in at least four events (having met the scoring requirement two or more times).
The Local Tour
“One obstacle facing young golfers is the time and cost of having to travel long distances to compete, especially here in Hawaii,” said Renee Lee, Maui Golf Pro and organizer of the island’s first U.S. Kids Golf local tour. “This is the next step for a course-ready junior golfer. Here they are given another opportunity to advance their skills in the game with age-appropriate competition right here at home.”
A Local Tour consists of six or eight one-day tournaments including a season-ending one-day Local Tour Championship. All tournaments are based on the scaled yardages for their age and gender; and players earn awards and points for each tournament. Like the PGA Tour, players at U.S. Kids Golf events are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best.
Parent caddies are strongly encouraged to join their player out on the course, and the camaraderie that develops between families is a real benefit. The children gain experience and have fun playing competitive golf.
U.S. Kids Golf is the most complete junior golf program with certified instructors coaching game-based learning. “Maui is fortunate to have multiple certified instructors,” Mark Shimamura, Maui Country Club Golf Pro said, “Renee Lee of Wailea Golf Courses has been instrumental in launching the program on Maui. We are happy to host the Championship and hope for a great turnout to support these amazing young competitors.” Interested parents can find a certified pro at www.uskidsgolf.com/coaches.
U.S. Kids Golf Tournaments are offered worldwide, and the pinnacle is the World Championship held at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
“We are very fortunate to have the support of the best golf courses on Maui,” said Renee Lee, U.S. Kids Golf’s Tournament Director, “the Wailea Golf Courses, Kahili Golf Course, Maui Nui, Dunes at Maui Lani and Maui Country Club came on board to support the program in this inaugural season.”
Following the Tour Championship at Maui Country Club there is a three-month break for kids to practice and hone their golf skills. The Spring 2019 tour will be announced soon. For more information go to www.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/local-tours/registration-information
About U.S. Kids Golf
The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories. U.S. Kids Golf was started as a family business desiring to stay true to the mission and purpose of bringing kids into the game. Because providing the right equipment needed to be coupled with improved programs, coaching, and opportunity for competition, like other organized sports, the Foundation was started. The vision of families spending time together outdoors and playing golf is the heart and passion of U.S. Kids Golf.